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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
My whole life I have been a very quiet person who just blends in with the crowd and accompanies others while they interact with each other. Almost like accompanying people at a table while they play a game of cards but refusing to participate and…Continue
For as long as I can remember my son (now 12) has had a very vivid imagination and deep connection to a world he has developed. He doesn’t talk much about it but I know his characters have been around for years. They have varying intertwined…Continue
We now wish to shed light on a non-distressful variant of immersive daydreaming. We aim to study how daydreaming is related to emotional understanding and creativity and also how do immersive (but not distressed or maladaptive) daydreamers differ…Continue
I just wanted to know what everyone does when they day dream. For me I rock back and forth and I know for many others, they pace, make facial movements. I just wanna know some of the other types so I can learn more about this more. Also to find more…Continue
What are your triggers to Maladaptive Daydreaming???My triggers are music, reading, riding in the subway, when I get bored, writing, in school, watching movies, watching shows, walking, drawing. Almost anything basically.Continue
If i push myself to express myself more to other humans and interact more with humans will the pacing and body movements most likely decrease? To me it feels like the same concept as masturbation but dealing with emotional interaction instead of…Continue
It feels like I have become more sad and emotional ever since discovering what maladaptive daydreaming is. I find myself crying a lot more. Is this normal? Shouldn't I be happy that I discovered the answer to my problems to whole life?
I'm really curious to know what the longest daydream everyone has had and which character has been with them the longest?My longest daydream I have had was for several years through out my teenage years about a tv character being my sister. The show…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue